School Visits

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However, after six days…, 1915. Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945). Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Special Purchase Fund, 1920.

Guided tours of the Museum’s permanent collection are divided into themes for distinct educational levels. Teachers determine which theme to pursue, and if they wish, they can customize the tour to their specifications (e.g., the works, artists, or styles of art to be presented).  Tours last 60–90 minutes, depending on grade level and the needs of the group.

School Theme Tours meet Delaware Department of Education Curriculum Standards in a variety of subjects, including Visual Arts, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A TOUR

All of our school tours are led by volunteer museum guides. Museum guides undergo extensive training in both content and engagement techniques, interactive teaching tools, and inquiry-based teaching. Student tours are far from guided lectures—your students might be dancing in the galleries, illustrating their own works of art, or creating collaborative sculptures! Come see how art can come alive for your class today.

Pre-K and K

Museum Stories
Museum Stories introduces our youngest students to the Museum through storytelling and hands-on art projects. Following a story reading, museum guides facilitate an interactive experience with select works of art. After the tour, children create their own work of art in the Bank of America Studio Wing.

In order to prepare for your visit, see below for a list of tour themes.

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Book title

Tour theme

Art project

1 How I became a Pirate, by Melinda Long Pirates! Pirate Puppet
2 The Big Orange Splot, by Daniel S. Pinkwater Originality Imaginative Houses
3 Yesterday I Had the Blues, by Jeron Ashford Mood/Color Watercolor and Oil Pastel Resists
4 Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh Artistic Process Mouse Color Palettes

Grades K-2

Meet the Museum
This tour is designed to introduce students to visiting an art museum. How do you read a label? What do the security guards do? What different kinds of art are there? All these questions and more will be part of this interactive experience. Stories, gallery games, and other learning aids are utilized to help young visitors better understand art and art museums.

The Artist’s Language
Learn how the basic elements of design (line, color, shape, and texture) work together as a visual language.

Community and Creativity
Visually connect students to a variety of communities through art! This tour is designed to help children identify various roles that exist in a community and how we all add to that community through interactive learning and dialogue.

Grades 3–6

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Face to Face
What can you learn from a portrait? A portrait can tell us a great deal about the life and times of the subject. This tour guides students through the genre of portraiture, discussing various uses of a portrait and how the artist presents the subject using surroundings, clothing, facial expressions, and gesture.

Learning to Look
How can we learn to see more when we look at art? Students explore the Museum’s collections through activities and discussions focused on looking at, thinking about, and responding to works of art. Builds critical thinking skills and visual analysis.

Painting with Words
In this lesson students build their vocabularies and stretch their imaginations while responding in writing to works of art. Students will enhance their knowledge of literature and hone their own language and writing skills with the creation of poems and stories in the galleries. Ideal for language arts students.

Local Artists from Past to Present
Delaware and the Brandywine Valley have a rich artistic legacy that continues through today! This tour will highlight local historic artists like Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and Frank Schoonover while also including many contemporary artists living and working in the area today. Available for grades 7-12 also.

Grades 7–12

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Highlights of the Permanent Collections
Students will enjoy discussing key works of art highlighting the Delaware Art Museum’s permanent collection.

The History of American Art 
Explore the extraordinary variety and richness of the histories and cultures that make up our country’s past and present.  The nation’s diversity is revealed through discussion of works of art, their themes and styles, and the cultural values they represent.

Contemporary Art and Sculpture 
Students will explore the many diverse art movements and mediums of the twentieth century.

Victorian Life and the Pre-Raphaelites
Who were the Pre-Raphaelites? In 1848, seven young men formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, inspired by the art of medieval times, nature, and a broad range of literary sources. In this tour, students will learn about various Pre-Raphaelite artists, their inspirations, and how their art reflected concern over social problems caused by the Industrial Revolution.

Social Justice in Art
The Delaware Art Museum’s collection has much to say about issues of social justice. From the rebellious Pre-Raphaelites dealing with the turmoil of industrial revolution to contemporary artists shedding light on institutional racism or gender inequality this tour is an overview of the ways art can promote discussion around issues of social justice and how artists can affect change through their work. This tour can be adjusted for age upon booking.

Highlights of African American Art & Artists
The Delaware Art Museum has a collection of African American Art that reflects both regional and national history. This tour focuses on the evolving role of the African American artists over time. Viewing images that track this evolution, students will come to understand how American History shaped African American artists and informed the art they produced.

Tours of Special Exhibitions

The Museum features special exhibitions for a limited time period throughout the year. For a list of upcoming special exhibitions, click here.

PARTNERSHIP TOURS

Looking for a more in-depth, customized experience for your students? Consider booking a partnership tour. These tours are for grades 6 -12 and pair an existing school tour with an hour-long art project in our studios led by a professional art educator. Each art project is determined by the artist and created with individualized learning goals in mind. Minimum of 20 students; Maximum of 50.

Art Activities

Following your tour, students can create an art project in the Museum’s studio wing. Additional cost: $2 per student. Offering is based on size of group and requested date. Art activities are only available for grades PreK6. Minimum 10 students and maximum of 50 students required for art activities.

Lunch

Bag lunches may be eaten outdoors on the Museum Terrace if weather permits. Indoor facilities for students with bag lunches are available for a flat rate of $30.00 per group. Maximum of 75 students for indoor lunch rental. Please indicate on your tour application if your group intends to eat lunch at the Museum.

School Tour Admission Costs

Guided Tour
Each Student: $6.00
Each Chaperone: Free
Chaperone/Student ratio for grades PreK-3 is 2:10
Chaperone/Student ratio for grades 4-12 is 1:10

Red Apple funding available (see below for application)

Guided Tour with Art Activity
Each Student: $8.00
Each Chaperone: Free
Chaperone/Student ratio for grades K-3 is 2:10
Chaperone/Student ratio for grades 4-12 is 1:10

Accepted Red Apple applications will cover student admission ($6.00/student) reducing the cost to $2.00/student.

Partnership Tour with Art Experience led by Teaching Artist

Each Student: $13.00
Each Chaperone: Free

Accepted Red Apple applications will cover student admission ($6.00/student) reducing the cost to $7.00/student.
Chaperone/Student ratio for grades 4-12 is 1:10

The Red Apple Fund

Schools from any state may apply for a School Tour Grant through the Delaware Art Museum’s Red Apple Fund. These grants help subsidize the cost of a School Tour. Funding is also available to cover school transportation to the museum.  If interested, please submit a  Red Apple Fund Application form along with the form below.

Registration & Information

To schedule a school tour, click here.

For more information or questions, contact:

Erica Holmes
Learning & Engagement Assistant
eholmes@delart.org
302.351.8549